Annual Awards

Presented by the College of Business

College of Business faculty named deserving seniors with awards for their work during the 2019-20 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

Darcy Ratermann & Shelby Thede
Presented by Dr. Rob Rouwenhorst, Associate Professor, Marketing

Student Awards of Excellence 2020

Each department in the College of Business chose one senior for this award. Scroll down for student biographies and videos!

Marketing – Jaya Thakur
Presented by Dr. Rob Rouwenhorst, Associate Professor, Marketing

Sales – Victor Francque
Presented by Dr. Joe Miller, Professor and Chair, Marketing and Sales

Accounting – Garret Tiarks
Presented by Dr. Allison Ambrose, Professor and Chair, Accounting

Management – Taryn Moustakas & Darcy Ratermann
Presented by Dr. Jason Senjem, Associate Professor & Chair, Management

Finance & Business Economics – Trae Shubat
Presented by Dr. Jim Bang, Associate Professor, Economics

Faculty Awards

Faculty Service Award – Dr. Michael Cipriano
Video presented by Dr. Allison Ambrose

Teaching Award – Dr. David O'Connell
Video Presented by Dr. Jason Senjem

Scholarship Award – Dr. Monica Forret
Video Presented by Dr. Jess Greenwald

Play all award videos



Keynote Address
Delivered by Chris Spartz '07 '11 MOL

Chris Spartz was an accomplished Fighting Bees basketball player and coach who majored in Marketing and later earned his MOL degree from St. Ambrose.

2019-20 Awards

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.

Click here to watch the award presentation

Darcy Ratermann

darcy ratermannDarcy Ratermann

Hometown: Knoxville, Ill.

SAU Dance Marathon

Co-Executive Director - 2019-2020
Sponsorship Director - 2018-2019
Sponsorship Committee - 2017-2018
Dancer - 2016-2017

Resident Advisor - 2017-2020; RA of the Month - March 2020
Honors Program
Campus Ministry
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Human Resources Intern - Marco Group International, 2018-2020

Career Goals
Pursue a career in Human Resources and eventually obtain my MBA. 

Personal Interests
Spending time with my family and friends, country music, cooking/baking, and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.

Shelby Thede

shelbyHometown: Davenport, Iowa

I transferred to Ambrose my sophomore year after hearing they were starting the Swimming and Diving program, and I have been a part of that for three years.

I have also been associated with SAU Dance Marathon for the past three years, the first two years as a Morale Captain and this past year was honored to be on the Executive Board as the Sponsorship Director.

I have loved my experience at SAU and wish I went to St. Ambrose all four years!

Career Goals
To find a successful job in the Quad Cities where I can use my degrees.

Personal Interests
I love playing sports, being outside, and hanging out with friends and family.

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.
Garret Tiarks, Accounting

[WATCH] Dr. Allison Ambrose presents why Garret was deserving of this award.

garretMy SAU experience has been amazing and I have made so many friends along the way. All of my professors have truly cared about me and I look up to many of them as career mentors.

I was a part of the football team every year at SAU and the Finance Club. I served with some of my teammates at the River Bend Food Pantry every Saturday during the Spring and also got internship opportunities at RSM and Deloitte through St. Ambrose.

Career Goals
My career goals are to stay in public accounting as long as possible. I either will continue on to be a Partner or I will transition to private accounting in hopes of becoming a controller or CFO at a large company. I also hope to volunteer my time by serving on a board for a local nonprofit.

Personal Interests
My two big interests are sports and stocks. I follow both rigorously and enjoy staying up to date on both of them. I am a huge Iowa State fan and hope to be a season ticket holder when I am older.

Darcy Ratermann and Taryn Moustakas, Management

[WATCH] Professor Jason Senjem in Management presents Darcy Ratermann and Taryn Moustakas with the Student Award of Excellence in Management

tarynTaryn Moustakas

Hometown: Palos Heights, Ill.

Sports: St. Ambrose Dance Team (2016-2020)

Clubs:
HerCampus Club (on-line women's magazine) - Marketing/PR Director, Writer, Social Media Director
St. Ambrose Political Club - Executive Board
Student Government Association - Senior Class Senator
St. Ambrose Dance Team Social Media Coordinator

Committees:
University Life Committee - College of Business Representative
Health & Well-Being Committee (AOD) - Student Representative
Athletic Department Advisory Group - Dance Team Representative
Hall of Fame Committee - Student Representative
Athletic Interview Counsel - Dance Team Representative

Awards:
Graduating Magna Cum Laude
NAIA Scholar Athlete
NAIA National Championship Title
NAIA Competitive Dance All American Athlete
Dance Team Captain
7x Dean's List Recipient

Other: Work Study

Career Goals
Become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company

Personal Interests
Dance, Music, Beauty Products, Physical Fitness, Law, Psychology

darcy ratermannDarcy Ratermann

Hometown: Knoxville, Ill.

SAU Dance Marathon

Co-Executive Director - 2019-2020
Sponsorship Director - 2018-2019
Sponsorship Committee - 2017-2018
Dancer - 2016-2017

Resident Advisor - 2017-2020; RA of the Month - March 2020
Honors Program
Campus Ministry
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Human Resources Intern - Marco Group International, 2018-2020

Career Goals
Pursue a career in Human Resources and eventually obtain my MBA. 

Personal Interests
Spending time with my family and friends, country music, cooking/baking, and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.

Jaya Thakur, Marketing

[WATCH] Dr. Rob Rouwenhorst presents Jaya Thakur with the Student Award of Excellence in Marketing

jayaHometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

My experience at St. Ambrose has been great because of the people involved on campus. I've learned a lot academically and also a lot about myself as a person. I value the fact that I've gained better perspective of the world I live in.

Through St. Ambrose I've been lucky enough to have had an internship with the insurance company GEICO. I have also been a grateful recipient of the Dean's list for multiple semesters.

Career Goals
My career goal is to one day become a CEO of my own company

Personal Interests
My personal interests consist of the field of arts (painting, dancing, fashion, music), car enthusiast, engaging in philosophical conversations, health and wellness, technology

Victor Francque, Sales

[WATCH] Dr. Joe Miller presents senior Victor Francque with the Student Award of Excellence in Sales

victorHometown: Dixon, Ill.

During my time at Ambrose I was able to meet new friends and build relationships that will last a lifetime. I participated in multiple intramurals, and was even able to win a championship.

I spent time working for the Wellness & Recreation Center as well as interning for Bonnell Industries. I was also involved with multiple Sales activities including Sales Club, our internal sales competition, and an intercollegiate sales competition.

Finally, I was able to gain a quality education at St. Ambrose, during which I made the Dean's List every semester.

Career Goals
In the future, I hope to work full-time as an outside sales representative, as well as run my family farm in Dixon.

Personal Interests
I enjoy being in nature, whether it's working on my family farm or hunting. I also am an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to Seahawks football or Cubs baseball. A majority of the remainder of my time is spent with friends either playing video games, playing pickup basketball, or going to Rookies.

Trae Shubat, Finance and Economics

[WATCH] Professors from the Finance and Economics Department present the Student Award of Excellence to Trae Shubat

trae shubatWhile the time I have spent at St. Ambrose feels brief – because I transferred in as a junior – it is not something I will forget.

The teachers I have had were phenomenal in pushing me beyond what I thought I was able to do. If it wasn't for them, I would be nowhere near where I am today.

During my time at SAU I enjoyed serving as the Finance Club secretary and enjoyed reaching out to students about the club and all it involves.

I have also been an intern at Marco Group and apply some of the skills I have acquired in the classroom in a professional environment.

I am excited and proud to be graduating this spring summa cum laude. I will forever be grateful for opportunities, friends, and professors I have had throughout my journey at St. Ambrose.

Career Goals
I have not committed to one career path, as finance is rapidly changing and a variety of new opportunities are presenting themselves. At this time, I see myself either going into asset management or finance technology. I plan to pursue the CFA upon graduation and have been throwing around the idea of graduate school a few years down the road!

Personal Interests
When I am not busy with school or work you will find me hanging out with friends and family or outside playing a round of golf, riding on the bike path, or playing basketball. I am always down for friendly competition!

Keynote Speaker

Chris Spartz '07, '11 MOL

Hometown: Western Springs, Ill.
Degrees: BA, Marketing, 2007; Master of Organizational Leadership, 2011

SAU Experience

  • Men's Basketball Player (2003-2007)
  • Men's Basketball Coach (2009-2011)
  • Final Four, 2003-2004 Season
  • Academic All Conference
  • Fighting Bee Award: 2007 player;  2011 coach
  • Conference Championships: 2004, 2005 Player
  • Conference Tournament Championships: 2005 Player; 2010 Coach
  • National Tournament Bids (NAIA): 2004, 2005 Player; 2010 Coach


Career Path

  • Former College Athlete (Basketball)
  • Former Pro Athlete (Basketball)
  • Sales Rep for World Leader in Audio and Web Conferencing
  • Master of Organizational Leadership
  • Former National Team Coach (Costa Rica)
  • Former College Coach (St. Ambrose University)
  • Former College Coach (The Ohio State University)
  • Former National Team Coach (Costa Rica)
  • Entrepreneur
  • Husband & Father
  • Movie Consultant
  • Basketball Consultant
  • Speaker
  • Inventor
  • Investor

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