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MBA Students Receive President's Award

Friday, April 13, 2012

Elizabeth Woodwick and Kelly Henry, both Full-Time Carlson MBA students, were recently recognized by the University of Minnesota Office of the President for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the University and community. Woodwick and Henry each received the honor of the President's Student Leadership and Service Award.

The annual award identifies the accomplishments of outstanding students and their invaluable leadership and service contributions, and is presented to one-half of one percent of all University students. Recipients were selected based on nominations by staff, faculty, administrators and fellow students.

"We are extremely proud of both Liz and Kelly and the many others that have played an important role in building and supporting the community both with Carlson and the community we reside," says Patrick McCarthy, director of student affairs, Full-Time & Part-Time MBA programs.

Elizabeth Woodwick
Woodwick serves as vice president of academics for the MBA Association and as a student representative on the MBA Faculty Advisory Committee. She is highly involved in the MBA students' community service initiatives, including volunteering with Carlson 4 Community at Habitat for Humanity, the Brian Coyle Center, Share our Strength, and the MBA Charity Auction, which raised over $25,000 in February 2011 and $35,000 in February 2012.

In 2011, Woodwick created and launched at new student orientation, the Leader 2 Leader Program, which paired second-year students with a core team of five to six first-year students. In her time at Carlson, she has contributed tremendously to the student community and to the community at large.

Kelly Henry
As a founder and student leader of our Neighborhood Business Fellows Group, Henry has worked tirelessly in business and community development in the West Bank/Cedar Riverside area, and has strengthened the Carlson School's relationship with local business leaders. One of Henry's many strengths is her ability to reach across numerous boundaries--socio-economic, ethnic, gender, and cultural--to form ties and relationships with others and to meet them at their own level.

As managing director of the Graduate Volunteer Consultants, which provides free consulting work by MBA students for local small businesses and non-profits, Henry is responsible for overseeing all work and coordinating teams to complete these consulting projects. She also played an instrumental role on the Carlson 4 Community Board responsible for raising $35,000 in February 2012.

Both Woodwick and Henry will be recognized at the annual President's Awards banquet on April 30. In addition, they may both be considered for the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership (a $1,000 scholarship given to one graduate student and one professional student).

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