Annual Awards


The Patricia VanBruwaene College of Business faculty named deserving seniors with awards for their work during the 2021-22 academic year.


Business for the Greater Good Award

Emma Duncan

Student Awards of Excellence

Each department in the College of Business chose one senior for this award. Scroll down to read student biographies.

Finance – Allison Kopatich

Business Economics – Emma Duncan

Accounting – Seth Sikkema

Management – Quyen Do

Marketing – Bethany Anderson

Sales – Hayden Latham

Faculty Award

Excellence in Scholarship – Dr. Jin Chung

Staff Awards

Excellence in Service – Janela McCarty and Michele Leonard

2021-22 Award Nominations

Business for the Greater Good Award

The Business for the Greater Good Award recognizes outstanding individuals for the contributions they make to their communities by emphasizing the Triple Bottom Line.

Award recipients improve the quality of life of those around them through a genuine commitment to people, planet, and profit.

Emma Duncan

EmmaEmma Duncan

Class of 2022
Major: Business Economics

In spring 2020, Emma Duncan enrolled in Environmental Science as a high-achieving business student completing a general education requirement for graduation. Duncan finished that course with a new perspective on her career plans and goals, becoming more committed to and involved with GreenLife. As an officer for GreenLife, Duncan helped lead and organize several education campaigns, community garden volunteer efforts with the Hilltop Campus, and the creation and maintenance of the vegetable garden on SAU's campus, which provided more than 100 pounds of fresh produce to the SAU cafeteria in Fall 2021.

Her professors have seen her pursue a deeper understanding of the various ways in which economics can help us understand and solve problems of sustainability and social justice. Her research projects in both the econometrics and senior seminar classes focused on understanding the roles of globalization and economic development on sustainable energy adoption and policies. 

In Fall 2021, Duncan became President of GreenLife. In this role, Duncan organized and led monthly student meetings, developed a campus event concerning fast fashion and re-usable clothing choices, and participated actively in the SAU Sustainability Committee. Duncan has proven a critical voice in pushing this committee forward throughout the last year. 

Duncan's sustainability focus through internships at Ohnward Bancshares, Ohnward Bank and Trust, and the Iowa-80 Group have impacted businesses and the local community. For example, at Ohnward Bancshares, Duncan worked to distribute environmentally-sustainable rain barrels and develop continuous opportunities for future interns. She also led a brand-new campus-wide event, Sustainability Fest, as part of her capstone experience.

In those roles, she networked with local organizations to establish sustainability partnerships; invited organizations as vendors and roundtable participants; and promoted events using email, social media, and posters. She also hosts a sustainability podcast with another student which started this spring. She has completed all of this, and more, while maintaining a top GPA and earning individual and team honors on the SAU Cross Country and Track and Field teams. 

After graduating this May, Duncun plans to continue her studies and pursue the brand new Sustainable Development Graduate program at the University of Iowa.

Student Awards of Excellence

Each department in the College of Business chose one senior for this award.

Selection criteria includes:

  • a demonstration of academic excellence,
  • quality leadership,
  • effective teamwork,
  • contributing in a significant way to personal development,
  • and enriching the lives of others.

Allison Kopatich

allisonHometown: East Moline, IL
Degree(s) : Finance with a Minor in Accounting 
Graduation Date: December 2021

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
I began my SAU experience in January 2020 as a transfer student from Black Hawk College. I never got the typical SAU experience due to COVID-19 circumstances, however, this only confirmed I made the right school of choice thanks to all the admirable professors I had the opportunity to learn from. During my last year of courses, I worked as a part-time student at John Deere in Accounting. 

Activities/Clubs:
I became involved in the Finance Club at SAU and was fortunate enough to become the Vice President. 

Career Goals:
Since graduation, I began working at John Deere in the Finance Development Program. My career goals include obtaining my MBA and working towards a leadership position within John Deere. 

Personal Interests:
I enjoy staying active by playing golf, volleyball, and running. During the summertime, you can find me on the boat with my family. 

Personal Quote/Motto:
"Patience is a virtue." Growing up my grandpa would constantly repeat this quote. It has taught me to take everything one step at a time and to remember to enjoy the small moments in life. 


Emma Duncan

EmmaHometown: Anamosa, IA
Degree(s): Business Economics, Marketing, Environmental Studies Minor
Graduation Date: May 2022

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
I have had the opportunity to be very involved during my SAU experience, particularly this past year. I am active with sustainability on campus as I am the president of GreenLife, a member of the SAU Sustainability Committee, and host a podcast called Sustainability Warriors with another active sustainability advocate on campus, Laura Meloy. I have also competed on the varsity track and cross country teams throughout my time here. I have enjoyed athletic success as well as personal growth and meeting many new friends.

My academic growth is another aspect of my collegiate career of which I am particularly proud of. I have developed my writing, critical thinking, data-analyzing, and many more skills as a student at St. Ambrose. My courses have pushed me to do things I never deemed myself capable. For example, I have built econometric models, written code, attempted to predict the stock market, and evaluated mutual funds thanks to my economics and finance courses. I could not have accomplished this without the support of the staff and faculty of the College of Business.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2022 Recipient for Future Conservation Leadership, Nahant Marsh Oberholtzer Award and Scholarship
  • 2022 Recipient of the Eddy Scholarship, River Action
  • USTCFFFA National All-Academic Cross Country Honors: Fall 2018, Fall 2020 • CCAC Runner of the Week, Cross Country, Fall 2021

Career Goals:
For my future career, I am interested in becoming a sustainability director, whether it be at the public or higher education level. I am particularly attracted to this career path because it would put me in a position to have a large, positive impact at my place of work and in the community. I believe we will best accomplish climate and sustainability goals if we can bring people together and create a sense of community.

Personal Interests:
My personal interests include thrifting, running, attending concerts, and working on sustainability efforts. I also enjoy spending free time with friends, family, and teammates.

Personal Quote/Motto:
"You can never leave footprints that last if you are always walking on tiptoe." - Leymah Gbowee

Seth Sikkema

sethHometown: Fulton, Illinois
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Date: May 2022

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My experience here at St. Ambrose has been exemplary to say the least. Being able to acquire a top-notch education while competing in athletics at the highest level has truly been a dream come true. Over my four years here, I competed on the bowling team, which finished runner-up in the nation in 2021 and was definitely one of the high points of my career. I also was a part of the Fishing Club and the Accounting Club for periods of time, along with Phi Eta Sigma. I've also had two different internships with Deere & Company during my tenure here, with a third slated after I graduate in May with RSM US LLP. In terms of honors, I was on the Dean's list all eight semesters and am on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude in May.

Activities/Clubs:
Bowling Team, Accounting Club, Phi Eta Sigma, Fishing Club

Career Goals:
Partner at a medium/large public accounting firm or CFO of a public company

Personal Interests:
Fishing, Golf, and Farming

Personal Quote/Motto:
"Things work out, one way or another. They may not always be in your favor, but there is a reason everything happens."

Quyen Do

quyenHometown: Muscatine, IA
Degree: Management
Graduation Date: May 2022

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My experience at St. Ambrose is amazing! I made many new friends, learned many interesting things, and also participated in many fantastic extracurricular activities such as Enactus. SAU and COB made me a better version of myself. Perhaps, no matter where I go, whatever I do, I will always remember and love St. Ambrose with all my heart.

Finally and most of all, I want to say thank you to all the professors who always care for students and my friends who are always by my side.

Activities/Clubs:
Enactus

Personal Interests:
Reading
Traveling

Personal Quote/Motto:
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi

Bethany Anderson

bethanyHometown: Hayesville, NC
Degree(s) : Bachelor of Arts in Business Sales and Marketing
Graduation Date: May 21, 2022

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My experience at SAU has helped me develop both spiritually and academically. I swam all four years on the SAU swim team and served as a women's captain for my last three years. For the 2020-21 season, I was named to the Academic All-America Women's At-Large First Team. I have been a member of the University Chorale, Campus Ministry, the Professional Sales Team, and Phi Eta Sigma. This semester I will be playing Meg in the SAU production of Little Women the Broadway Musical. Having the opportunity to be involved in so many things has truly been a gift.

Thank you to my lovely professors, Fr. Ross and Fr. Thom, mentors, friends and of course my family for helping me.

Activities/Clubs:
SAU Swim Team
University Chorale
Music Ministry
Rosary Group
Campus Ministry
Spring ‘22 Antioch
Professional Sales Team
Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society

Career Goals:
I have accepted a position at Spiritus Distribution as a Sales and Marketing Associate in Hendersonville, TN. I will be moving to Nashville, TN, upon graduation. I am thrilled to work for a company that is centered around faith.

Personal Interests:
Singing
Ministry
Swimming

Personal Quote/Motto:
"I understood that all we accomplish, however brilliant, is worth nothing without love." -St. Therese of Lisieux

Hayden Latham

haydenHometown: Caledonia, Michigan
Degree(s): Business Sales; Minors in Healthcare Sales and Marketing
Graduation Date: May 2022

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My 4 years at St. Ambrose have allowed me to grow, develop, and create relationships that I'll carry with me throughout my life. I owe so much to my mentors, professors, and peers that have helped me become the young professional I am. Whether I'm in the classroom or on the lacrosse field, I've had great people by my side who have pushed me to become the best version of myself. For that, I'm eternally grateful for everything St. Ambrose has given me!

After four summers interning with PADNOS (Holland, Mich.) and several months with divvyDose (United Healthcare), I'll be joining the PADNOS Plastic Solutions team as an Account Representative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and work to promote sustainable plastic production methods in the industrial setting.


Activities/Clubs:
President of Professional Sales Team
Team Captain for Men's Lacrosse Team
Athletic Department Student Advisory Committee (ADSAC)
College of Business Student Ambassador to the Dean

Awards:
3x Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Lacrosse Scholar Athlete
3x National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete
National Shores Sales Competition Finalist

Personal Interests:
I love to spend time with my family, go on the water, hunt, and travel any time I have the opportunity.

Career Goals:
With my passion for sales, I hope to find a position that will allow me to give back to the younger generations of salespeople just as so many people have done with me. Working with PADNOS Plastic Solutions is a dream come true and I see myself with them for years to come.

Personal Quote/Motto:
"Win where your feet are." - Unknown

Keynote Speaker

Mark Holloway '00, '15

Mark Holloway graduated from St. Ambrose with a BA in Marketing and later decided to build on his undergraduate degree with a Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL).

Today he is the Vice President of Talent & Inclusion at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Mark works to collaborate, coordinate and align stakeholders to create solutions for the workforce needs of employers in the QC region.

Prior to working with the Chamber, Holloway spent 12 years working with the State of Iowa in workforce development. He also spent three years working in the St. Ambrose Alumni and Admissions office after graduation. Holloway credits his connection to St. Ambrose as a major ingredient in helping him to be positioned for success in his career. His motto is "Be effective not affected".

Hollway is a proud father of four sons, is active in his church as a deacon, and is passionate about helping people to reach their full potential.

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