Annual Awards

College of Business faculty named deserving seniors with awards for their work during the 2020-21 academic year.

Faculty recorded video of themselves explaining why they chose each student. Scroll down and click on each student's name to watch individual videos or watch all the videos on the University's YouTube Channel playlist.

Business for the Greater Good Award

Damon Wolter
Watch the presentation by Dr. Allison Ambrose, Professor, Accounting

Student Awards of Excellence 2021

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

Marketing – Michael Williams
Presented by Dr. Joe Miller, Professor and Chair of the departments of Marketing and Sales

Sales – Kali Roling
Presented by Tom Hosmanek, Adjunct Professor, Sales

Accounting – Logan Frerichs
Presented by Dr. Mike Cipriano, Associate Professor, Accounting

Management – Tristin Rieger
Presented by Dr. Jennifer Palar, Assistant Professor, Management

Economics – Sam Brown
Presented by Dr. Jim Bang, Associate Professor, Economics

Finance – Shelbi Janssen
Presented by Dr. Art Moreau, Professor and Chair, Finance

Faculty Awards

Excellence in Service Award – Dr. Janene Finley
Nominated by Dr. Mike Ciprano and Dr. Allison Ambrose
Watch the presentation by Dr. Cipriano, Associate Professor, Accounting

Excellence in Teaching Award – Dr. Jennifer Palar
Watch the presentation by Dr. Jason Senjem, Associate Professor and Chair, Management

Scholarship Award – Dr. Jessica Greenwald
Watch the presentation by Dr. Monica Forret, Professor, Management

Staff Awards

Excellence in Service Award – Jayne Knott
Watch the presentation by Dr. Jin Chung, Assistant Professor, Marketing

Watch All 2021 Award Videos

Keynote Address
Delivered by Phil Reges '08

Phil graduated from St. Ambrose with a BA in International Business. Today he is VP of Operations at CRST Expedited Solutions.

2020-21 Award Nominations and Videos

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.

Damon Wolter

Damon Wolter

Class of 2021
Major(s): Accounting and Finance
Watch the Business for the Greater Good Award Video

Nomination Written by Dr. Allison Ambrose, Professor of Accounting

Involvement in Service: For one, Damon has been involved in Dance Marathon since his first year at St. Ambrose. He has served as the Finance Director for 3 years and this year, he is serving in the role of Co-Executive Director. He indicates that his involvement in Dance Marathon has allowed him to volunteer for over 150 hours a semester assisting "Miracle Families." Dance Marathon at St. Ambrose has been tremendously successful, with increases in funds raised being accomplished each year. I am sure Damon's role as the Finance Director has had a lot to do with this success. Damon's peers also must see Damon as a leader since he was selected to serve as a Co-Executive Director this year. I believe that serving in the roles Damon has demonstrated leadership as well as his commitment to helping others.

In addition, Damon's resume indicates that he has been actively involved in Habitat for Humanity.

Impacting the World: Damon's interest in serving a broader world must have started before he came to St. Ambrose as he indicates that in 2013, he became involved in an organization, World Food Prize, and he is still involved today. Through this organization, he has been able to attend conferences and engage in dialogue with high level international experts, leaders, and politicians to form possible solutions to challenging food crises around the world.

Student Organization: Damon has shown his commitment to the College of Business and his fellow students by serving as president of the Finance Club for the past three years.

I believe that Damon embraces the ideals of Business for the Greater Good. His outreach beyond his classroom studies is apparent by his selected activities, which revolve around helping others. Damon once wrote a paper for me reflecting on Business for the Greater Good and I was very pleased with how his responses capture these ideals.

For example, Damon wrote:

"The goals of business should extend beyond just profits and include working for the greater good. Helping others is always something that has been extremely important to me. When I first decided to pursue multiple degrees in business, I questioned if there was a career path within my field where I could still make a positive impact on the lives of others. I quickly realized that the business world could provide me with a platform to serve and help other people. During our time at St. Ambrose University we have been taught a number of different financial skills that could be used to better the world around us. As we attempt to help others, it is important to recognize our own personal strengths that will aid us in this task. Over the course of the semester, I identified being able to work effectively in teams and communication as two of my most valuable strengths. These skills combined with a business education and strong understanding of accounting and finance will provide me with a solid foundation to help make the world a better place. The mission of St. Ambrose University is to help students develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically to enrich not only their own lives, but also the lives of others. Some of the core values of our university are academic excellence, integrity, service, and the pursuit of peace and justice. As a true Ambrosian, it is important to use your talents and the knowledge you have gained to help serve others. In the future, I plan to use the combination of my personal strengths, business education, and Ambrosian values to make a positive impact on society. Whether it is working for a nonprofit organization, serving on impactful boards, or providing financial services to the less fortunate, I will work diligently to ensure that I use my position in the world of business to help others and better society as a whole."

I believe this statement and Damon's involvement in various activities reveal why he is an excellent candidate for this award!

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.

Logan Frerichs

Hometown: Saint Joseph, IL
Degree(s): Accounting, Minor in Theology
Graduation Date: May 2021

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My SAU experience has been astonishing because of my professors, teammates, and the life-long friendships that I made. Through all of them, I not only learned a lot academically, but I also learned a lot about myself as a person. I greatly value the culture and the community that surrounded me here at Ambrose.

I was a part of the softball team every year at SAU and an annual volunteer for Bee the Difference Day. Throughout my time here, I've been fortunate to have two internships, the first one being with Ohnward Bancshares, Inc. and my second one with a big four accounting firm, Deloitte. I have been a grateful recipient of the Dean's list multiple semesters and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Softball Team. Also, I was able to study abroad in Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria during one of my winter terms.

Career Goals:
My career goals are to gain experience in public accounting in hopes of finding an industry that I would like to specialize in. I also hope to volunteer my time by serving on a board for a local nonprofit.

Personal Interests:
My two most significant personal interests are sports and traveling. My favorite sports teams are the STL Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, and the Fighting Illini-basketball/football. I hope to travel more around the U.S. and to Europe again one day.

Personal Quote/Motto:
"The greatest asset is faith, and the greatest liability is fear."

Michael Williams

Hometown: Addison IL
Degree(s): Marketing and Sales
Graduation Date: May 2021

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My experience has been nothing short of amazing and rewarding . The COB has really shaped me into the person I am today. I am currently the VP of Sales club, member of the men's basketball team, maintained a full-time internship every summer of my four years with different companies, put in over 100 hours of community service in surrounding Quad City areas, 1,000 point scorer, 4 All-Academic awards for maintaining at least a 3.2 or higher, CCAC player of the week.

Career Goals:
Incoming Area Manager of the Midwest region for Amazon

Personal Interests:
Playing basketball, watching tv shows, golfing, traveling anywhere with a beach, being surrounded with family and friends

Personal Quote/Motto:
"Never doubt your worth."
"Surround yourself with like minded individuals with the same goals as you."
"God's got a plan for each of us and it's up to us to execute it."

Shelbi Janssen

Hometown: Lanark, Illinois
Degree(s): Finance and Management
Graduation Date: May 2021

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My experience at Ambrose has brought me many lifelong friends and an abundance of memories. Being involved in the SAU Honors Program is a huge reason Ambrose became a home to me so quickly. Honors classes and activities introduced me to some of my best friends here. It also introduced us to volunteering in the area. During my time here I have been able to volunteer at multiple food pantries and at Hand-in-Hand.

Some of the other clubs I've been involved with here on campus include the Finance Club, Marketing Club and Green Life.
Over the past few years I've interned at Country Financial Insurance, Per Mar Security Services as a marketing intern, and been a work study for the SAU Accounting Department.

Career Goals:
I'm still unsure of my career path, I have so many interests and directions I can go. Whether it involves finance, management, marketing or agriculture, I hope to find a career that I love and can continue to grow in.

Personal Interests:
I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, playing basketball or spending time on a boat, or a snowmobile. You can also find me helping my dad out on our family farm. Sitting in a tractor during planting or harvest season is one of my favorite things to do.

Personal Quote/Motto:
"You cannot be fearful and grateful simultaneously."

My Uncle told me this about a year ago, and it's something that's helped me get through a lot of bumps along the way. Stress and anxiety can pile on from school and life in general, remembering what you have to be grateful for helps ease those fears.

Sam Brown

Hometown: Durham, England
Degree(s): Business Economics, Finance and Marketing
Graduation Date: May 2021

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
My time at SAU has been amazing, from freshman year to senior year I have enjoyed every minute of it. From the challenging classes of Econometrics to living with friends for four years has been a blast. Being a student athlete has been a pleasure, eventually leading me to captain the soccer team my senior year and gaining so many friends for life. My advisors Dr. Bang and Dr. Moreau have guided me through my academic career excellently and every one of my professors have always had the best insight when teaching, thank you to them all.

Career Goals:
I aspire to be a financial analyst and eventually obtain the CFA. I want to work in the USA and getting sponsored for a green card is a massive goal of mine.

Personal Interests:
Big sports fan – I love playing and watching football (soccer), as well as the NFL and occasional round of golf. I love to play poker and get dubs/wins on Warzone.

Personal Quote/Motto:
Do for love.

Kali Roling

Hometown: DeWitt, IA
Degree(s): Double major in Marketing and sales with a minor in Biology
Graduation Date: May 2021

Brief overview of SAU experience, including any clubs, activities, internships, service, awards, honors, etc.:
I have accepted a full-time position post-graduation as a sales development representative with the company Qualtrics at their headquarters in Provo, Utah. I will be moving out there this summer to begin my new career journey!

My experience here at St. Ambrose these past four years has been nothing short of sensational. I am beyond thankful for all the professors, mentors, and colleagues that have placed an everlasting impact on the person I have become today. Through all of the opportunities I have been presented with as a student, I was able to find myself and grow in ways I could have never imagined.
St. Ambrose will always hold a special place in my heart and I am forever grateful for my time spent here.

Women's Varsity Basketball Team
President of the Sales Club
Peer Assistant Student Leader
Campus Ministry Involvement
Chair of the Dance Marathon Family Relations Committee
Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society
Student Philanthropy Council
School Newspaper Writer

Sodexo Marketing Intern (September 2019 to May 2021)
DivvyDOSE Enrollment Specialist (November 2020 to May 2021)
Modern Woodmen of America Financial Services Intern (June 2020 to August 2020)
Iowa 80 Group Videography Marketing Intern (May 2019 to August 2019)

Project Renewal After School Mentor
Habitat for Humanity (built two homes in Clemson, SC over the spring break of 2018)
Volunteer Buddy for the Tim Tebow Night to Shine Foundation
Bee the Difference Day Participant
CommUNITY Day Board Member

Recipient of the 2019 Quad City River Bandits Full Tuition Scholarship
St. Ambrose University Sales Club Internal Sales Competition Winner
International Collegiate Sales Competition Participant
National Shores Sales Competition Participant

Career Goals:
Obtain my doctorate degree in business
Pursue a career in medical device sales

Personal Interests:

Personal Quote/Motto:

"To live is the rarest thing in the world; Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde

Keynote Speaker

Phil Reges '08

Phil Reges

BA, International Business & German Language, St. Ambrose University '08
MBA, Human Resources Management & Services, DeVry University '15

Phil Reges is Vice President of Operations at CRST Expedited Solutions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has done an excellent job of working his way up through the company, which entails managing and training a large group of employees. Phil has a great love for SAU.

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