Amanda Cleveland, Katie Orovecz, and Ali Thompson
From left, Amanda Cleveland, Katie Orovecz and Ali Thompson were the newest inductees into the Warrington Hall of Fame.

Three Heavener students inducted into Warrington Hall of Fame

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Amanda Cleveland, Katie Orovecz and Ali Thompson were inducted into the Warrington College of Business Administration Hall of Fame during the Heavener School of Business Awards on April 15 at Emerson Alumni Hall.

Warrington’s Hall of Fame is reserved for graduating business or accounting students who have exhibited superior leadership and achievement through their activities and scholarship while members of the Warrington community.

Cleveland is a senior Marketing major with a minor in Entrepreneurship who is jointly pursuing a Master of Arts in International Business.  She is an Anderson Scholar with Distinction and has been named to the College’s Dean’s list every semester. Cleveland has also been recognized on the President’s Honor Roll and as a Florida Academic Scholar. She was awarded the Jean and Jewel Ahrano Scholarship for the MAIB Program recognizing her academic achievement and service to the College.

Cleveland has actively served the Heavener School of Business as a Teaching Assistant for Principles of Marketing and as the Vice President of Programming for Warrington Diplomats. She was the Florida Leadership Academy Historian and has held three positions with the Florida Business Leadership Society. She is a Career and Peer (CAP) mentor who prides herself in giving back to her peers through mentorship and service.

Cleveland has completed internships with The Nielson Company and Altria.  After commencement, Amanda will travel to Vallendor, Germany where she will attend the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management’s MBA Summer Institute Program.  There, she will study the changing European Marketplace and complete her MAIB degree. Then, Cleveland will head to Chicago to begin working for The Nielson Company as an analyst in the consumer products division.

Orovecz, a senior Finance major with a minor in Accounting, is a Warrington Finance Scholar, and has served as a Teaching Assistant for Macroeconomics and the Finance Department.

An accomplished student leader, Orovecz is a graduate and mentor of the Florida Leadership Academy.  She led the Nonprofit Consulting project as an Enactus Project Manager, and served as the Vice President of Recruitment for Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.  She is also the Vice President of Professional Development for the Business Administration College Council, and has helped develop her peers as a College as a Career and Academic Peer (CAP) Mentor.  Orovecz also represented the Warrington College of Business Administration in the Scotiabank International Case Competition.

Orovecz was heavily involved with UF’s Horizons Community Service Organization serving in a variety of roles including President, and she also was a member of UF’s Handball Club participating in three national competitions. Orovecz has completed internships with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Upon graduation, she will join Deloitte as a Strategy and Operations Analyst for the Federal Government.

Thompson, a senior Finance major with a minor in Public Leadership, is a Warrington Finance Scholar and has served the Department of Finance as a Teaching Assistant for the past two years.

Thompson is a graduate, mentor and Advisory Board Member of the Florida Leadership Academy.  She has served as a Peer Leader and Advisory Council Chair for Warrington Welcome, and as a Mentor and Advisory Board Member of the Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program.  As the Enactus Project Manager, she led the First Year Florida Ethics Case Competition, and was a Small Group Facilitator for the Young Leaders Conference. Thompson also served her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, as the Scholarship Chair.

Thompson represented the College in four business case competitions placing third in the Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge in Bangkok, Thailand and first in the Johnson & Johnson Case Competition in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Thompson has completed internships with General Electric Healthcare Financial Management Program. Following graduation, she will enter CSX Transportation’s Financial Leadership Development Program.

Orovecz and Brooke Flanders were named recipients of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship, which is given to the student with the highest cumulative academic average in Business Administration or Economics. Flanders, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has served as a Teaching Assistant for Principles of Marketing and the Legal Environment of Business courses.  Additionally, she also completed an honor’s thesis on “Mindless Eating and Its Effects on Obesity and Health in Modern America.” In the fall, Flanders plans to attend law school.

Cara Grandstaff, a Finance major with a minor in Actuarial Science, was named the College’s Freshman of the Year. In addition to maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA this year, Grandstaff was selected as a Warrington Welcome Peer Leader, has held two leadership positions in the Florida Business Leadership Society, is a mentor for Project MASCOT, where she mentors at-risk children in the local community. She is also a UF Honors Program student, a National Merit Finalist and a National AP Scholar.

Alberto Chavez, a senior Accounting major, was awarded the Distinction in Leadership and Service. This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College through participation in student organizations and other extracurricular activities. Chavez serves the Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program as the Senior Executive Director and recently finished his term as President of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Fraternity. He has championed Alpha Kappa Psi to become the College’s largest student organization—now with more than 200 members—and has led BUMP from its infancy to the present level of excellence currently exhibited through its members and past participants.

Below is a list of additional awards given during the ceremony:

2012-13 Warrington College of Business Administration Scholarship recipients: Franchesco Blevins, Angel Burtscher, Nicole Casadidio, Alexandra Chung, Carleena Colorado, Emily Corbett, Tiffany Fiorenza, Kelsey Frick, Alexander Fuller, Sagar Grabach, Victoria Griffin, Alyssa Kumar, Evelyn Levy, Shane Lowder, David MacDougall, Amanda McKenna, Amanda Melnyk, Monica Norman, Elissa Olsen, Matthew Polissky, Maya Reinhardt, Vincent Roach, Mark Shrimer.

Service Project of the Year: Delta Sigma Pi

Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Cecilia Schulz

Student Organization of the Year: American Marketing Association

New Student Organization of the Year: Business Careers in Entertainment Club

Undergraduate Faculty Members of the Year: Mark Rush and Richard Lutz (Electronic Platform Professors), Douglas Waldo (Economics), Christopher Falk (Fisher School of Accounting), Robyn LeBoeuf (Marketing), Bruce Rich (Management), Craig Tapley (Finance), Stephanie Webster (Communication), Aditi Mukherjee (Information Systems & Operations Management).

Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Year: Jaime Little