Mary Maus Kosir, Assistant Dean of the Carlson School's Undergraduate Program, presented the coveted Tomato Can Loving Cup Award to Amanda Donohue-Hansen (BSB '11) at the Undergraduate Commencement Exercises on May 16. Below are the remarks of Maus Kosir:
"The Carlson School has numerous outstanding students and some of their special achievements are highlighted in today's program. But in the interest of time, we ask only one student to come on stage to receive an award.
'The Tomato Can Loving Cup Award' is the oldest award given to students by the Carlson School of Management; today I am presenting it to an outstanding undergraduate for the 82nd consecutive year. The award itself is an actual tomato soup can, which was established by alumni during the Depression era as playful recognition of significant accomplishment and has been preserved as an undergraduate tradition over the years. On it are the signatures and engraved names of the 81 previous recipients. This year's recipient will become part of the Carlson School's living history.
While I tell you about the accomplishments of this year's winner, I would like her to please come forward to receive the award. Amanda Donohue-Hansen, would you please join me on stage to receive the award?
Amanda came to the University of Minnesota in summer 2006 as a rising high school senior from California and LEAD summer program participant. Today, Amanda is graduating from the University of Minnesota with a dual BSB and BA degree in International Business, non-profit/public management, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies. From her academic pursuits alone, one can surmise that Amanda is a lifelong learner and an engaged scholar. She is truly a global citizen--having studied sustainability in Brazil, microfinance in Ecuador, accounting in Argentina, and organized a global health educational service trip to the Dominican Republic. As a Carlson Ambassador, a leader of Net Impact, and Gopher Business Intern---to name only a few---Amanda is also a student dedicated to service, leadership, and scholarship.
Amanda has demonstrated her passion for civic leadership while a student at the U--having co-founded the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact at the University of Minnesota. Over the past two years, Amanda has helped to build a powerful undergraduate chapter, successfully bridging the barrier between social responsibility and business, nonprofit sector service and for-profit sector careers, and contributed significantly to creating space in our Carlson School community for future students passionate about socially responsible, sustainable and ethical business. Over the past four years, Amanda has influenced many, always representing the Carlson School and the University community in a professional fashion--and with a persuasive touch. As Amanda graduates, she is heading to Cargill as a Supply Chain Strategy Analyst.
Please join me in congratulating this year's Tomato Can Loving Cup Recipient, Amanda Donohue-Hansen."