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For the past 83 years, a now-antique tomato soup can has been bestowed on the Carlson School’s best and brightest. The school’s oldest award to students, the Tomato Can Loving Cup, is presented annually to an undergraduate to recognize his or her accomplishments in service, leadership, and scholarship.

This year, Daniel Spors, ’12 BSB, was the recipient of this prestigious award. Throughout his four years at the Carlson School, this marketing major’s contributions to the University community have been numerous. He served as a University of Minnesota Senator and Minnesota Student Association member as well as Delta Sigma Pi chapter president and VP of Pledge Education. Additionally, he participated in the Brand Enterprise and worked as a TA for business communication.

“In each of these roles, Danny has proven himself as a dedicated and engaged leader and active participant in the University of Minnesota community,” said Undergraduate Program Assistant Dean Mary Maus Kosir upon presenting the award to Spors at commencement. “Those of us who have had the opportunity to work with Danny know that his approachable demeanor, commitment, and passion will take him far in life.”


Best Undergraduate Honors Theses

Commencement is also the time when the winners of the Dean’s Award for Best Undergraduate Honors Theses are named. Students are nominated for this award by their faculty supervisors. This year’s winners were Courtney Carufel, who wrote “I Feel Just as Fake as My Bracelet: Counterfeit Products and Threats to Our Sense of Self,” supervised by Professor Deborah John; and Adam Lueck, who wrote “Show Me the Money: An Analysis of the Efficiency on Kiva.org’s On-line Microfinance Interface,” supervised by Assistant Professor Colleen Manchester.

Other students nominated include Jennifer Beasley, Jeffrey Debele, Felyn Goh, Kathleen Price, and Scott Schanke.

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