George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Annual Business Celebration Raises More than $26k for Student Scholarships, Initiatives

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More than 300 attendees raised $26,921 for student scholarships and initiatives at the Annual Business Celebration on October 25. The event, presented by Sandy Spring Bank, celebrates the school’s entrepreneurial spirit, distinguished success, and engagement of community partners.

Dean Maury Peiperl said the school depends on its community partners to make a difference in the world. “Just like our students, our partners are action focused, can do, resourceful, effective, and they make a different,” he said. “Thank you for the difference your support is making.”

Distinguished alumni and students were recognized at the event for their outstanding achievements. 16 alumni were inaugurated into the 2018 class of Prominent Patriots.

Franziska Moeckel, BS Marketing ’07, was awarded Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. She serves as assistant vice president of Personalized Health at Inova Health System, and is co-creator of MediMap, Inova’s innovative pharmacogenomic testing program.

Jenny Herrera, BS Accounting ’95, was the 2018 Alumni Service Awardee. She is a shareholder at Rubino & Company, Chartered. Herrera serves on the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees, and was previously chair of the School of Business Accounting Advisory Council.

Two students were recognized as Emerging Business Leader Awardees. The graduate recipient was Angelina Rotella, an MS in Real Estate Development student. The undergraduate recipient was Ava Nia, a marketing student.

For the first time ever, the Annual Business Celebration featured an interactive giving wall. School of Business supporters gave to the Honey Bee Initiative, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Mason Dreamers, and the Kaylene Green Endowed Scholarship.

Proceeds from the Annual Business Celebration go to the Emerging Business Leader Endowed Scholarship Fund. This year, the School of Business Alumni Chapter reached its goal of raising $45,000 for the fund.