Congratulations, Class of 2014!

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Executive MBA 2014 Graduates

Thirty-eight graduates from the Culverhouse College of Commerce Tuscaloosa and Huntsville EMBA programs at The University of Alabama walked the stage on the morning of Saturday, May 3rd. Surrounded by stunning views of the Walk of Champions and the field,

Children and adults alike enjoyed cookies, stickers, and coloring sheets on the Kid’s Table.

Children and adults alike enjoyed cookies, stickers, and coloring sheets on the Kid’s Table.

EMBA staff and faculty joined the graduates and two hundred and sixty-five of their closest friends and family for a banquet in the North Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium directly after commencement. The event was filled with pride and fond memories as families reconnected over the success of their graduates. After the luncheon and award ceremony, the graduates and their families were given a tour of the stadium including the home team’s locker room, tunnel, and skyboxes.

One of our graduates, Nag Padur, was noticeably absent. His wife was giving birth to their daughter, Eaksha.  Born on her father’s graduation day, Eaksha’s name means “sight,” and can be loosely translated as “knowledge of soul.” Congratulations to the Padur family.

Awards were given to recognize each class’s President, Vice President, and MVP, as well as each student that completed the program with a 4.0 GPA. Recongnized were HEMBA’s President Staci Woods, Vice President Dana Runager, and MVP Matthew Brent Gardner and TEMBA’s President Christopher Jones, Vice President Sonya Ogletree, and MVP Paul Mongeon. Graduates that earned a 4.0 GPA include Huntsville’s Patrick Ellinger, Matt Gardner, and Nag Padur and Tuscaloosa’s Matt Bogue, Mrinal Dhar, Jeff Leroy, and Paul Mongeon. We are extremely proud of our graduates for these outstanding achievements.

Both the Tuscaloosa and Huntsville classes delivered a Dr. James F. Cashman Faculty Award as well as an EMBA Faculty Excellence Award. The Dr. James F. Cashman Faculty Award honors the memory of the late EMBA Strategy Implementation professor who lived by high standards of integrity and served as a pristine example for his students. The award, given to a faculty member that reflects Dr. Cashman’s positive influence, was presented to Dr. David Mothersbaugh (HEMBA) and Dr. Ronald Dulek (TEMBA). The EMBA Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Ronald Dulek (HEMBA) and Dr. Brian Gray (TEMBA).

A tour of the locker room and the tunnel followed the award ceremony.

A tour of the stadium followed the award ceremony.

Once again, congratulations to the Executive MBA Class of 2014:

Sam Barall, Havis, Inc.

Matt Bogue, The Dutch Group

Karen Braxton, Clear Channel Media

Tim Brown, Flexco

Myers Bruso, Farmco Builders Inc.

Ray Chowdhury, Missile Defense Agency

Jason Cochran, League of Southeastern Credit Unions

Brandon Cole, Sanmina – SCI, Technology

Will Coulter, High Rock Group International

Kathi Dawn, Genesis Healthcare LLC

Mrinal Dhar, DCH Regional Medical Center

Patrick Ellinger, Emerson Network Power

Edward Eskridge, Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

Corey Farris, Walter Energy

Ed Galvin, Sandvik Mining & Construction LLC

Matt Gardner, International Fire Protection

Emmett Garrett, USA Aviation Flight Test Directorate

Ted Gryska, Two Men and a Truck

Daayge Harvil, Wee Care Academy

Ashley Jackson, UAB Medicine

Christopher Jones, Southern Light

Robert Justice, Scientific Research Corporation

Scott Knighton, Blastcrete Equipment Company

Jeff Leroy, Central Garden and Pet

Marshall Liles, Nissan North America

Josh McGill, Applied Chemical Technology Inc.

Paul Mongeon, North America Coal – Red Hills Mine

Gary Morrison, Regions Financial Corporation

Janet North, Nucor Steel

Sonya Ogletree, Tempest Global Consulting, Inc.

Nag Padur, ADTRAN, Inc.

Dana Runager, River City Center

Sunil Singh, IBM

Krystal Swann, Raycom Media

Jennifer Thomas, Alabama Power

Brad Wood, US Air Force

Staci Woods, Oracle

Tamaria Yarbrough,  Alacare Home Health and Hospice

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